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“Fantastic day out, faultless! Go and experience it for yourselves.”

South Lakes Safari Zoo
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Explore, Discover, Adventure, South Lakes Safari Zoo. From the Swahili word meaning journey or expedition SAFARI ZOO is a unique journey into the animal kingdom. Come face to face with and discover Rhinos, Lions, Tigers, Bears, Hippos, Wolves, Snow leopards, Jaguar, Giant otters, Primates, Vultures, Penguins and much, much more at the UK's most interactive animal park and Europe’s only Safari Zoo.. You’ll have a fantastic adventure immersed with some of the rarest wildest animals on the planet. HEAR. TOUCH. SMELL. SEE feed your senses and the animals too - Hand feed giraffes every day, walk in amongst and hand feed penguins; wander amongst and discover kangaroo, lemurs, monkeys, free flying birds – including (for the brave) vultures and condors all living wild in the park. Daily interactive animal keeper led talks and animal feedings.
Reviewed February 5, 2014

If you want a fantastic day out at a wildlife venue you will be hard pressed to find anything with more variety and value for money than a trip to this park. Simply couldnt fault it, the range of animals and birds available to see was outstanding. We loved the free ranging Lemurs, we have never experienced being able to walk amongst such exotic creatures. The bird of prey enclosure was fascinating with vultures, eagles and all manner of feathered friends flying around us. The rhinos were majestic and the snow leopards were beautiful. The facilities were great two, lovely cafe/restaurant, great gift shop. The whole park was clean and well kept. Lots of keepers working on exhibits and with the animals. A wonderful experience. Phil&Gem 3rd Feb 2014

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Reviewed February 3, 2014

Free entry - £1 donation to the park is asked for which is a fantastic price for a mornings entertainment.
Great to see so many animals and have a coffee and cake in the café overlooking the grounds

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Reviewed January 24, 2014

What a lovely day out!
We were worried that going out of season would mean there was nothing to see but it was fab!
A lot of the animals were indoor but that was great as there were walk through huts so you could spy on them up close.
There was a fab train which we sadly didn't get a chance to go on but loved walking through the lemur enclosure and the great air walkways past the monkeys and big cats.
Well worth a visit!

1  Thank Anna D
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

What can be said about this place apart from a superb place the animals are stunning they are well looked after and well kep t the keepers are very knowledgeable and with the back drop of the beautiful mountains just adds to the spender of the place the food court is lovely and really out of Africa feel its a great day for all.

2  Thank Degeneration1975
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

Me & my husband were trying to decide between Chester zoo & South Lakes wild animal park. As they’re both about the same distance away for us and I’ve been to Chester zoo several times in the past, we decided to give South Lakes a go.

Having looked on their website to see what animals are there, we were pleased to see it is actually free admission until the middle of February. Although there is clearly less animals here than at Chester zoo, free admission vs Chester zoo’s steep prices was a no brainer.

We arrived there on a Sunday morning about an hour after the park opened, and queued for about 20 minutes or so to enter. The guy on the booth informed us that there was no admission fee, but they do appreciate a donation and the recommended donation was £1 per person. We chose to give £5.

The park wasn’t massive, but had a good collection of different monkey species which we loved. The interactive animal section was great as you could walk along paths with prairie dogs and lemurs, and I can’t forget the emu- walking along the path side by side with me & at a foot taller than me I was quite dumbfounded and a bit nervy!

As it was a cold, wet day and obviously very busy, we only stayed for a couple of hours. Had it been a bit warmer we would have stayed for the penguin feeding etc.

If you have children, you could probably stretch a trip here over a full day, but if you’re visiting without any a few hours will be more than enough time for you.

On our exit, the queue to enter was at least 4 times longer than when we arrived, so if you are planning on going whilst it’s free at a weekend I’d suggest you arrive in the morning, as the people at 1:30pm this day were probably queuing to enter for well over an hour.

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